South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell hands Peanut Van manager Rowena Dionysius his top secret recipe for the cookbook.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell hands Peanut Van manager Rowena Dionysius his top secret recipe for the cookbook. Madeline Grace

Big names to join nutty celebrations in cookbook

SOUTH Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell dropped by the Kingaroy Peanut Van to pick up a packet of his favourite peanuts, and drop off his top secret recipe for the upcoming Peanut Van Cookbook.

The iconic Kingaroy Peanut Van team has certainly been busy celebrating the 50th anniversary this year.

They've had a cooking demonstration, and now a special visit from the mayor.

Peanut Van manager Rowena Dionysius said she had been run off her feet recently.

"We've had a lot of fun stuff in the works, and a lot still to come,” she said.

"Our current project is our Peanut Van Cookbook.

"We're currently in the process of collecting recipes from some celebrities and South Burnett big shots.”

Ms Dionysius said she had about 10 recipes for the cookbook so far.

"We're still on the lookout for more of course,” she said.

"It would be really nice if maybe Darren Lockyer could bring one by since he's visiting.

"Hetty Johnston gave us a peanut recipe too.”

The plan is for the book to start with a recipe (or maybe a few) from Peanut Van owners Rob and Chris Patch.

Ms Dionysius said each recipe would be accompanied by a picture of the person who contributed it.

"Deb Frecklington is going to be contributing a recipe too,” she said.

"She's dropping by the van sometime in June.

"The celebrations are continuing all year.”

Cr Campbell revealed he submitted a recipe for a sweet treat.

"My recipe is for peanut brownies,” he said.

"They're super simple and easy to make, because I know cooking can be hard.

"This one is especially for the men and boys who don't know a whole lot about cooking. If I can do it I'm sure they can.”

While dropping off his recipe, Cr Campbell couldn't resist the opportunity to pick up a packet of his favourite Kingaroy peanuts.

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell outside the iconic Kingaroy Peanut Van.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell outside the iconic Kingaroy Peanut Van. Madeline Grace

"The hickory ones are my all-time favourite,” he said.

"I've just always got to have some.

"The best part is knowing I'm supporting locals as well. That's very important to me.”

Cr Campbell said the Kingaroy Peanut Van was a truly iconic landmark.

"Everyone knows you can't visit Kingaroy without dropping by the Peanut Van,” he said.

"It's more iconic than Kingaroy itself.

"And to think it's been around for 50 years now, that just goes to show what a great community like ours can do.”

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell makes sure he grabs a packet of his favourite hickory nuts from Peanut Van manager Rowena Dionysius.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell makes sure he grabs a packet of his favourite hickory nuts from Peanut Van manager Rowena Dionysius. Madeline Grace

While reminiscing about the past 50 years, Cr Campbell said he had fond memories of when the Peanut Van first opened.

"I might be giving my age away a little here, but, I do remember when Ruth used to run the van,” he said.

"It's just come so far.”

Ms Dionysius said she has seen old pictures of the Kingaroy Peanut Van parked in various places around the town.

"It looked like it was parked on River Rd in one picture,” she said.

"But I'm pretty sure it actually used to be mobile and sold peanuts from lots of different places around Kingaroy.

"It certainly has been parked here for a majority of the past 50 years though.”

There are still plenty of celebrations still to come, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for more nutty goodness as Kingaroy celebrates 50 years of our very own Peanut Van.

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